Receiving the NAGC ‘Inspiring Person of 2011’ award.

Below, giving a keynote presentation at the Cambridge International Examinations Schools Conference, Sri Lanka, December 2014

“As a parent and risk taker, I applaud her work.”

Luke Johnson, entrepreneur and Financial Times columnist, Chairman of Channel 4 and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts,

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An expert in promoting intellectual character and independent thinking, Jane spent ten years setting up and embedding a highly regarded cognitive development programme at her last school, Northwood College.  This ‘innovative thinking skills programme’ was described by the school’s 2008 inspection report as ‘a major and successful initiative’...(which) ‘makes an outstanding contribution to pupils’ general education.’

Now a full-time educational consultant, Jane has presented extensively in the UK, as well as in Sri Lanka, Australia, Sweden, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and Dubai.  When supporting schools, she draws from a wealth of practical, hands-on experience, exploring the wide range of innovative techniques that she has gathered and developed over the years.

With a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, Jane is particularly interested in how schools can nurture the skills and qualities that will help young people to flourish in an exciting but increasingly competitive world - dispositions like initiative, resourcefulness, flexibility of mind, an innovative outlook and a healthy attitude to risk.

Jane divides her time between working with school leaders, teachers, children and parents.  She offers stimulating training courses that are packed full of practical advice, ideas and activities, as well as demonstration sessions for gifted and talented students.

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Alongside this, Jane has extensive knowledge about the particular issues that can sometimes prevent bright girls from achieving their full potential.  Her inclusive solution is a framework for intervention that not only supports and stretches the brightest pupils, but also helps all students to broaden and develop their skills.  She was chosen to receive the National Association of Gifted Children’s ‘Inspiring Person of 2011’ award.
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